I have two sons and a daughter-in-law in the health care profession. I know how hard they have worked to accomplish their goals and how committed they are to helping others. Maybe that’s why I felt a special affinity with the nurses and doctors yesterday (Sunday, November 25) when I visited al-Shifa Hospital in Gaza City.
I joined a group of university students who were visiting young patients injured last week in Israel’s bombardment.
Despite Israel’s assertion that it targets militants and terrorists, the fact is that many, many civilians, including children, died in this 8-day bombardment. Many more were seriously injured.
A group of student nurses told me they are in their second year of four years of study. They spend 2 days each week at the hospital and the other days at the university studying. I wonder how many nurses and doctors in the US get on- the- job training in war zones.
On my way out I stopped at the hospital laboratory to volunteer to give blood. My blood type is O+ and I thought they might need some given the events of the last week and a half.
The first question they asked me was my age. Learning that I am 59 years old, they seemed reluctant to take my blood. Maybe “old” blood is not as strong as “young” blood? I don’t know. After consulting with several people, they informed me that their blood supplies are full and they didn’t need my blood.
The Palestinian Center for Human Rights provides the following statistics from Israel’s military action in Gaza. It does not include the “final” total casualties.
IOF launched a new offensive on the Gaza Strip
156 Palestinians, including 103 civilians were killed IOF
33 children, 13 women and 3 journalists were among those civilians who were killed.
1,000 Palestinians, including 971 civilians, were wounded.
247 children, 162 women and 12 journalists were among those civilians who were wounded.
IOF carried out 1,350 airstrikes, in which 1,400 missiles were launched.
55 houses were completely destroyed, while hundreds of other houses sustained damages ranging between big damage and partial damage.
2 mosques were completely destroyed, while another 34 mosques sustained partial or big damage.
8 governmental establishments, 13 security offices and police stations, and 2 bridges connecting the central Gaza Strip with the northern Gaza Strip were destroyed.
6 media offices, 6 health institutions, 28 educational institutions and 22 civil and charity associations were targeted.
Dozens of agricultural lands sustained big damage.